Uncle Rudi (Onkel Rudi)


Gerhard Richter ( German, 1932 )


Centro Per L'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato

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General Description

Based on a photograph taken only a short while before Hitler and the German army unleashed the maelstrom of World War II, Uncle Rudi is an image from Gerhard Richter's own childhood that raises unsettling questions about the power and significance of memory, history, and consequence. Using photography as a starting point, Richter transferred this image to canvas by hand to make a painting in 1965, and then reproduced the painting as a print.

Excerpt from

Charles Wylie, DMA unpublished material, 2001.

Fun Facts

  • The DMA is the only public or private collection to house Richter's complete work in editions from 1965 to the present.

Web Resources

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